The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


November 29, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, November 29, 2012


Anthony Alvin Farmer

Anthony Alvin Farmer, 83, a native of Bolt, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012.

In honor of his wishes Alvin has been cremated.

A celebration of his life will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 2, 2012 at the Breckenridge Missionary Baptist Church in Bolt with Pastor Dewey Lowe officiating.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.  at the church.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Alvin’s memory to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, Trap Hill –Liberty Scholarship Fund, or a charity of personal choice.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy may be found at www.rose

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street in Beckley.

Carl Leo Garten

MEADOW BRIDGE — Carl Leo Garten, age 80, of Backus Mountain, went home to be with our Lord, on Monday, November 26, 2012, at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital, following a heart attack.

Born December 8, 1931, in Beckley, he was the son of the late Lewis N. and Charlotte Lottie Smith Garten.

At age 3, Carl's family moved to Backus Mtn., where he was raised.  After school, Carl moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he began work at BAJ Tool Company as a machinist and mechanic. He later returned to Backus Mountain where he worked as a mechanic for Harold Kinder, then later on became a coal miner for Helen Coal Company in Slater Hollow, and also for Royal Coal Company at Layland, where he was forced to retire due to a stroke.  Carl enjoyed fishing, hunting, and talking on his CB, where he was known as "Lazy Mountain Man." Carl loved all living creatures including birds, deer, squirrels and chipmunks. But most of all, he loved spending time with his family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Allen Garten and his wife Texie and two sisters, Helen Buckland and Erma Decker.

Those left to cherish his memory are: his wife of 45 years, Sharon Sue Garten of Backus Mountain; one daughter,  Carol Garten Stover and husband Randy of Crab Orchard; one son, Carl D. Garten of Backus Mountain; two grandsons, Joshua Graham and R.J. Stover; four great-grandchildren: Justin, Jacob, Jessica and Julie; special niece, Cathy Garten Fox and husband Curtis of Ohio; his pet dog, Blackie, and many friends and extended family.

Services will be at 2 p.m., Friday, November 30, 2012, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Ruth Goins officiating. Burial will follow in Smith Cemetery at Backus Mountain.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m.  Thursday evening at the funeral home.  Music will be by Joanne Lester.

Pallbearers include Randy Stover, Cathy Garten-Fox, Joshua Graham, Alan Bowles, Randy Parsons, and Tony Goins.

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

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